Nigeria: Ait Eyes Wafu U-20 Cup Rights

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The Management of Africa Independent Television (AIT) has indicated its interest to acquire the official broadcast rights for the West African Football Union (WAFU) Under-20 championship, which holds in Nigeria from November 30 through December 14.

Chairman of PAMODZI Sports Marketers, official marketers of WAFU, Mike Itemuagbor confirmed that the chairman of DAAR Communications, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has held preliminary talks with his organisation in this respect.

"We have begun negotiations with Chief Dokpesi, chairman of DAAR Communications, but presently we are looking at the logistics, said Itemuagbor. "I am hopeful we can arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement but so far, given what AIT has put on the table, I think they are serious."

AIT recently acquired the rights for all matches involving Nigeria's national teams and is presently in the process of floating a sports cable station. "In terms of facilities and the personnel, I think AIT is competent enough to give us a hitch-free coverage that will be enjoyed by the entire continent and indeed the world," said Itemuagbor, a member of CAF's Marketing Committee.

This Day (Lagos) 24 September 2008